Our Mission

Book Place Hours:

Tuesday -  Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.

1608 Grant Ave. at 7th Street, Novato

(415) 209 0212

  • focus public attention on and generate community support for library services, facilities, and other needs

  • expand opportunities for the education and well-being of the community

  • encourage literacy

  • assist in obtaining financial support for the library

 The Book Place is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am - 3pm.
Donations accepted Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
ONLY 10am-3pm.


Friends of the Marin County Free Library

We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 group of volunteers dedicated to making our library system and its programs the best they can be. Anyone who enjoys the pleasure of a good book or the myriad of benefits and services of the library should be a friend. Our non-profit tax ID is 23-7098721.

You're Invited to Our
Annual Meeting and Election of Officers

Sunday, June 12, 2022, 2 PM

California Room Map and Special Collections Annex
Marin Commons Bldg (Enter Through Lobby B)
1600 Los Gamos Drive, Suite 182, San Rafael

Please RSVP to mcflFriends@gmail.com to register

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Our speaker is Lynn Downey, author  of The American Dude Ranch.  Viewers of films and TV shows might think the dude ranch is something not quite legitimate, a place where city slickers pretend to be cowboys.  But the tradition of the dude ranch, American's original western vacation is much more interesting, and is deeply connected to the culture and history of the American West.

Award-winning local author and historian Lynn Downey tells this story in her new book, American Dude Ranch: A Touch of the Cowboy and the Thrill of the West, and in her illustrated talk. She follows dude ranching across the years, tracing its influence on everything from clothing to cooking and offering a rare look at Women's place in the story.  She will also tell a few California dude ranch tales.


May Specials at the Book Place


This month, we feature the following categories on special, ALL at 50% off: 

*DVDs - This is a great time to stock up on movies, which are just $1 each (sets or full seasons are half off our sticker price).




We also want to alert you that we are not accepting any CDs or jigsaw puzzle donations for now. We’ll resume when the stockpile has subsided, so please call and check with us before bringing them. Thank you for your understanding. 

Donation Info

We are always in need of gently-used materials to keep our selection fresh. We are in particular need of the non-Fiction categories: History, Biography, Military, Science, etc. However, we ask that you check the Donations Guidelines before packing your donation, as many categories have limits (such as, nothing published more than 5 years ago). We accept donations on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 10am-3pm, at our large rollup door behind the store. Pull into the parking lot and look for us, where we’ll quickly screen your donation and provide a receipt if you like. If you are donating more than 2-3 bags/boxes, please phone ahead (415-209-0212) to check if we have room to take your donation, or if you have questions about anything you wish to donate. Thanks in advance!

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